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Government Arrogance Is Out Of Control: Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean

Posted by soldierservant on July 21, 2007

This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070720.html

I sat dumbfounded as I watched U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton defend his
prosecution of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean in
a recent interview with CNN’s Lou Dobbs. To just about anyone who
knows anything about this case, the prosecution and subsequent
imprisonment of these two agents (who were simply attempting to
enforce our nation’s immigration and drug laws) is an unfathomable
miscarriage of justice. Yet, Sutton has repeatedly (with great
smugness and pride, I might add) done everything but brag about
putting these two officers in prison.

As I watched Lou Dobbs interview Johnny Sutton, the only word that
came close to describing Sutton’s despicable attitude was blatant and
unadulterated ARROGANCE. But then, arrogance seems to be the common
attitude of many, if not most, who work in and for this
administration.

After all, underlings often take their cues for both their actions and
attitudes from their president and commander-in-chief, do they not?
What, then, can we expect from a President who believes himself to be
above the laws and Constitution of our country? What can we expect
from a Vice President who not only challenges the constraints of
constitutional government, but who strains the limits of imagination
when he (with a straight face, no less) dares to proclaim that he is
exempt from congressional scrutiny, because he is not part of the
executive branch of government?

The arrogance of this White House is unprecedented. Richard Nixon was
a bully, but at least when he was caught with his hand in the
proverbial cookie jar, he had the decency and character to resign.

However, we must admit that this White House does not have a monopoly
on arrogance. It has spread like a cancer throughout the federal
government and has even infected many in state and local government.
If you doubt that, just ask any plumber, electrician, or general
contractor what it’s like to deal with their local code enforcement,
planning and zoning, or licensing and permitting bureaucrats. Ask any
merchant who sells firearms what it’s like dealing with the BATFE. Ask
any sportsman what it’s like dealing with certain wildlife officials.
Dealing with these government bureaucrats is not only costly, but it’s
also a giant pain in the neck (not to mention other places of the
anatomy). More than that, the abusive attitudes that are commonly
endured at the hands and tongues of these little Napoleons can, at
times, be downright insulting and even degrading.

As a Christian and minister of the Gospel, it grieves me to see our
country’s government filled with proud, deceitful, and arrogant men.
As a freedom-loving citizen, it worries me, because arrogant men are
dangerous.

Arrogance breeds lust for power and fear of freedom; arrogance sees
itself above accountability and responsibility; arrogance has no
vision for anything beyond its own desires; and arrogance has no
conscience regarding its own evildoings.

Arrogant men can justify anything, no matter how ugly or horrific.
When their decisions result in the mutilations and deaths of innocent
people, they casually and callously call it “collateral damage.” And
when it comes to protecting their own selfish (and usually secret)
agendas, they are like the kings of antiquity who ordered their
archers to loose their arrows into the midst of the battlefield and
kill everyone–even those in their own armies. Such was the fate of
Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives will be holding hearings
into the prosecution of Ramos and Compean. The Senate Judiciary
Committee conducted an initial hearing this week. As a result of that
hearing, committee members Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator
John Cornyn (R-TX) have sent President Bush a letter urging him to
issue a commutation of the agents’ prison sentences. According to the
findings of the Senate committee, Sutton was guilty of “prosecutorial
overreach.”

The House of Representatives will conduct hearings next week, and Rep.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has already made it clear that he wants the
White House to account for the motivations behind the Justice
Department giving blanket immunity to an admitted Mexican drug
smuggler and what appears to be the exertion of undue influence by the
Mexican government upon the U.S. prosecution of Ramos and Compean.
Rohrabacher said, “I think it has a lot to do with an attitude in this
administration that refuses to admit any mistakes and protects its own
clique but nobody else.” Of course, this is what happens when one
deals with arrogance: Scooter Libby goes free, while Ramos and Compean
go to jail.

Rohrabacher also said his committee “will examine alleged involvement
of the Mexican government in the decision to prosecute the agents and
others, including Texas Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez. Sutton’s
Western District of Texas office also prosecuted Hernandez, who was
convicted of violating the civil rights of two illegal aliens injured
from shell fragments that struck them as the officer shot at the tires
of a van in which they escaped from a routine traffic stop. The van
driver had tried to run over Hernandez.” (Source: World Net Daily)

One does not have to be a prophet to predict that there will be no
commutation or pardon for Ramos and Compean; neither will this White
House even acknowledge the Senate committee’s request. And any request
from the House of Representatives will receive similar treatment. Such
is the style of arrogant men.

Sooner or later, it will have to be the American people themselves
that decide to put a stop to this out-of-control government arrogance.
Perhaps the sentiments of the late Lyn Nofziger will be helpful at
this point.

You will recall that Mr. Nofziger served as press secretary in Ronald
Reagan’s administration as Governor of California and as a White House
advisor during the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan presidencies.
Shortly before he passed away, he composed a short treatise entitled
“These Things I Believe.” Here it is:

“That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious
commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take
it all away. That individual freedom demands individual
responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an
unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the
judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid.
That political parties have become close to meaningless. That
government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not
plot to take them away. That government should provide for the
national defense and work to insure domestic tranquility. That foreign
trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of
foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered
from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do
more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us
from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of
our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the
Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an
example to his fellows.”

I am confident that Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean would not only
agree with Mr. Nofziger, but they would also know exactly where to
begin.

(c) Chuck Baldwin

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